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Women Banking & Empowerment | Frankfurt School

Kazakhstan Women in Business (KazWiB) Technical Cooperation Programme (Phase I & II)

In 2016, EBRD launched the Kazakhstan Women in Business Programme (KazWiB) due to the challenges and needs of businesswomen in the country. As the Project Consultant, Frankfurt School successfully implemented Phase I of the (KazWiB) Programme from 2016 to 2019 with more than USD 51 million disbursed to more than 20,000 women entrepreneurs by 5 Partner Financial Institutions (PFIs), 3 commercial banks and 2 microfinance institutions. Phase II of the Programme is ongoing.

Objectives of KazWiB are:

  • Supporting women SMEs' access to finance in order to ensure their sustainable growth and create employment;
  • Developing sustainable credit mechanisms for women enterprises by providing technical support to financial intermediaries in Kazakhstan;
  • Supporting women SMEs to seize expertise, non-financial business development services and business networking opportunities.

The program consists of three components:

  1. Financing for Women Business Component: It was established to facilitate the access of eligible loan customers to financing by granting credit limits to participating banks and to offer a mechanism for risk coverage and credit improvement.
  2. The Technical Cooperation component provides capacity building, product development and marketing support to participating banks.
  3. The Women's Business - Support to Small Business component aims to increase the access of women entrepreneurs to expertise and non-financial business development services.

Turkey Women in Business (TurWiB) Technical Cooperation Programme (Phase I & II)

09/2014 – Ongoing

To address barriers to growth and the multi-dimensional nature of women-led, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Turkey as well as to increase their access to know-how and skills, Frankfurt School was appointed Project Consultant of the Turkey Women in Business programme to promote a strong women-led SME sector in Turkey.

Both Phase I and II of the Project provided access to finance through credit lines to local banks dedicated to women-led SMEs, alongside business advice to help businesses become more competitive. The Programme also includes technical assistance (TA) provided by Frankfurt School to Partner Banks (PBs) in an effort to help PBs understand the expectations of women entrepreneurs, integrate changes to their business models and delivery mechanisms to reach women-led SMEs, and introduce new women in business (WiB) products.


Contact Person for Women Banking & Empowerment:

Cansu Karatay

Senior Project Manager